1. ## on time

Dear teachers!

When do we use "on time"?

When do we use "in time"?

2. ## Re: on time

Imagine that you have an appointment with your friend, he told you that "I will be waiting for you between 15:30 -16:00,after 16:00 I'll leave the place".

If you arrive there at 15:45 you are in time

But if the appointment time is exactly 16:00 and

if you arrive there at 16:00 you are on time

Briefly for in time there is a time period but for on time there is an exact time.

Not a teacher.

3. ## Re: on time

'in time' means that you are not late for something; have made a deadline.

The train was leaving at 5 p.m. and my taxi was held up in traffic. I thought I might miss the train, but I made it just in time.

I had to go overseas on a business trip and was worried that if it took longer than I hoped, I would miss my nephew's 21st birthday party. Fortunately, it all went well and I was back in time for the party.

(There is another meaning to 'in time' which is not relevant here.)

4. ## Re: on time

Originally Posted by David L.
'in time' means that you are not late for something; have made a deadline.

The train was leaving at 5 p.m. and my taxi was held up in traffic. I thought I might miss the train, but I made it just in time.

I had to go overseas on a business trip and was worried that if it took longer than I hoped, I would miss my nephew's 21st birthday party. Fortunately, it all went well and I was back in time for the party.

(There is another meaning to 'in time' which is not relevant here.)
Thanks a lot.
And what about "on time"? Is there any difference?

5. ## Re: on time

Originally Posted by gayanah
Thanks a lot.
And what about "on time"? Is there any difference?
'In time' is related to an event, while 'on time' - to a numeric value on the time axis.
E.g. We were in time for dinner.
We agreed to meet at seven, and he came on time.

6. ## Re: on time

To add a little to what Clark has posted, 'on time' means 'punctual; punctually', at the time expected.

A train is due to leave at 5 p.m. and does so: the train is on time.

7. ## Re: on time

Not a teacher!
There's already been a discussion about it. You can find it here:
https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/i...time-time.html

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